Alleged thief made hotel his home base

Palo Alto police arrest two Thursday on theft charges

A man and woman from Daly City were arrested in Palo Alto on theft-related charges Thursday (Jan. 19) after an alert Palo Alto resident called 911 and police consequently found stolen property in the motel room where the couple was staying.

The resident, who lives near El Camino Real and El Camino Way, returned home Thursday at 9 a.m. to find a man in the walkway near her front door, the police reported in a press release Saturday. A few minutes later, she heard a banging noise coming from her carport, which is adjacent to her residence. Walking outside, she saw the man riding away from the carport on her bicycle.

Officers responded to her 911 call and located Jimmy Leonardo, 35, in the parking lot of Keys School on El Camino Real, just around the corner from the woman's home. The resident positively identified Leonardo, whom police arrested for petty theft. The bike was returned.

Leonardo had rented a room at the Glass Slipper Inn on El Camino, which is two buildings north of Keys School, police said. After additional investigation, Palo Alto detectives found Sandra Ann Lopez, 34, inside Leonardo's motel room, along with other stolen property.

One item, another bicycle, had been recently stolen from an apartment complex in the 300 block of College Avenue, police said. A laptop had been stolen in Menlo Park the night before.

Leonardo was booked into the San Jose Main Jail for petty theft, two counts of possession of stolen property, and for a violation of a domestic-violence restraining order filed by Lopez.

Lopez was arrested on an outstanding $20,000 warrant issued in San Mateo County for burglary, theft and unlawful use of a credit card. Officers located a stolen gift card in Lopez's belongings. The gift card was taken during an auto burglary reported in Belmont on Jan. 14.

Lopez was booked into the San Jose Main Jail for possession of stolen property on the outstanding warrant.

Detectives are conducting follow up investigation on additional items located inside the motel room that they believe may have been stolen.

In the press release, the Palo Alto Police Department reminded residents to lock their homes and vehicles, secure their property and report suspicious people and activity to 911 immediately. A great deal of crime is solved by information provided by residents, according to police.


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Posted by homegirl
a resident of another community
on Jan 21, 2012 at 6:40 pm

They rarely catch the smart ones...this cretin practically wrote his own case!

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 22, 2012 at 10:41 am

Good work, PAPD!!!

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Posted by trina
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jan 22, 2012 at 3:02 pm

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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 23, 2012 at 11:08 am

Just out of curiosity, do the police run drug tests on these types of criminals at lock-up time? It might help with a root-cause diagnosis of the problem and point to a potential corrective action. Understanding the root of their problem would help in finding a solution, and I can't help but feel that many of these low-level-and-stupid criminals have drug issues as a root of their many problems.

I believe that getting arrested for crimes like this makes them eligable for this type of testing and they cannot claim privacy issues.

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Posted by AMRW
a resident of another community
on Jan 23, 2012 at 11:54 am

The Glass Slip 'er Inn has been the butt of many jokes in Palo Alto and beyond. This doesn't help.

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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 23, 2012 at 12:01 pm

"The Glass Slip 'er Inn has been the butt of many jokes in Palo Alto and beyond. This doesn't help."

Does the Glass Slipper have a history of this sort of clientel? I am not aware of any history there, can you enlighten me please?

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Posted by lol
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 10, 2013 at 2:09 pm

LOL - wuz cracking up by one of the comments "CRETIN."
It fits the lame brain of the idiotic ODD COUPLE whom are both "ODD.
They both should be admitted to a mental institution. A bike???

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Posted by Marla
a resident of Community Center
on Apr 10, 2013 at 2:34 pm

To Palo Alto Police Dept.
Question: when can we claim stolen property
by these bad people. I suspect that I will find
some of my things.

Thank you for catching these idiots. They
should not be able to walk the streets. Good Job!!!

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